This revised fA/A* Dance course is focused on how to ensure your students achieve the highest marks in A level Dance . It will focus on exploring the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels and explore a range of teaching materials designed to ensure that students achieve the top grades of A and A*.


  • Gain teaching ideas and approaches that challenge and develop A and A* students
  • Increase awareness of what teachers should aim to achieve with the most able Dance students
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work
  • Consider lessons learnt from the most recent examination series and how to apply these to your teaching
  • Take away key methods for ensuring students get A and A* in each of the components
  • Find out from examiners from both components to learn about how to maximise student success in every assessment
COURSE DATE London | Wednesday 29 June 2022

London | Wednesday 16 November 2022

  • Teachers of AQA A Level Dance
  • Heads of Dance Performing Arts
  • NQTs would also benefit from this course
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10.00 – 10.40am: Focus on assessment demands for A-A* students

  • Examine the assessment demands of all components for the highest grades
  • Review characteristics of A and A* students
  • Strategies to maximise students strengths in both components
  • The importance of building on their weaker component to ensure A-A* success, and strategies to achieve this

10.40 – 11.00am: Morning Break

11.00 -12.00pm: Achieving A/A* in Component 1 the Solo and Quartet

  • Teaching approaches for success for A and A* students
  • What A and A* looks like in the Solo and Quartet
  • Examine exemplar portfolios and develop understanding of the characteristics of the work of the most successful candidates
  • Missing out on the A/A* grades: Common mistakes and key issues
  • Balancing performance in a quartet and Performance in the style of chosen practitioner with able students

12.00 – 1.00pm: Developing A/A* Success in Group Choreography

  • Strategies to develop A/A* choreograph skills sets in your students
  • Review examples of A and A* work on choreography: what differentiates the highest level students?
  • How to pick the right question, selection of dancers and choreographic approaches
  • Teaching ideas which work with A/A* students for Group Choreography– from research, workshops, initial idea development, refinement and rehearsal

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch

2.00 – 3.10pm: Preparing for the Written Exam: Critical Engagement

  • Embedding the techniques from the start of Year 12: how to ensure high level thinking and exam technique are embedded throughout the A-level
  • A* ideas in all of the compulsory elements – what your students should be aware of and researching to boost responses
  • Questions and question types- helping your students interpret questions, produce concise answers
  • Understanding exam technique and marking
  • The smaller mark questions – how to approach different command words, length of student responses and common student pitfalls to ensure full marks can be achieved
  • The 25 mark essay response – teaching approaches & exam techniques and tactics for securing those A/A grades in these high mark questions
  • Example responses and marking tasks with feedback

3.10 – 3.15pm: Afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm: Ensuring Maximum Success With Your Most Able Students

  • Picking the right optional elements to facilitate A-A* grading in Component 2
  • Evaluate your 2-year scheme of work to ensure maximum success of student outcomes, and your scheme builds skills and concepts in a logical and linear manner
  • Explore how Component 1 and Component 2 (section A and B) optional choices can complement success in both units
  • Practising exam technique with the most able
  • Extra-curricular ideas that help get A and A* grades

3.45 – 4.00pm: Networking, Questions and Depart

Toni Knight and Laura Bulless

Toni and Laura both teach at a highly successful 6th Form College, covering A-level Dance and BTEC Dance, and their department gained ‘National Teaching Team of the Year’ in Oct. 2019 at the Pearson National Teaching Awards hosted on the BBC. On taking on the leadership of the Dance provision, it has not only grown in size, with the cohort being one of the largest in the country for A-level, but most notably the course attainment has drastically improved; highlighted in 2019 by a 100% A*-B rate and a high ALPs grade 2 on A-level Dance with students from very mixed background. Toni and Laura both have experience of examining in both Component 1 and 2 of AQA A-level Dance.